As a part of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix supporting programme, Elina Svitolina was given a truly special driving lesson on Tuesday. The professional tennis player from the Ukraine was given the chance to test drive the WTA tournament’s main prize – the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet. At her side was a renowned driving instructor – Mark Webber – who gave her valuable tips on how to handle the 450 bhp sports car. The world No. 6 was visibly impressed:
“It was a unique experience driving a car like this around such a special course, and then with a pro like Mark. The car is a fabulous prize for the tournament winner.”
The winner of the WTA Finals started off by settling herself down in the passenger seat. With the former Porsche works driver and Endurance World Champion at the steering wheel, she was able to find out at first hand just what the new 911 Cabriolet is capable of on the race track.
The elegant powerhouse accelerates in only 3.8 seconds from zero to 100 and reaches a top speed of 304 km/h. Just how assured and agile the vehicle takes bends at high speeds was demonstrated by Webber over the slalom course on the skid pad, a never-ending bend with a diameter of 200 metres.
When Svitolina got behind the steering wheel herself, she confidently put the things she had learnt into practice. In order for her to test the new Porsche Wet Mode, which provides additional support in wet conditions, a part of the course was specially wettened.